5 Powerful TBEN Ordered to Repay Millions in Frozen Courts

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Some powerful government officials have lost millions of shillings to the state over the years after intensifying the fight against corruption.

The last powerful figure in Kenya to lose his millions to the state is Mathira MP and Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate, Rigathi Gachagua.

In a Thursday, July 28 ruling by Judge Esther Maina of the Supreme Court’s anti-corruption division, Gachagua was ordered to forfeit Ksh 202 million that had been frozen, funds believed to be proceeds of corruption.

The court further ruled that the bloated politician obtained the money from government agencies without providing any goods or services.

Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua addresses the residents of Murang’a on July 27, 2022.

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Rigathi Gachagua

However, Gachagua joins a list of other powerful public figures who have been ordered to hand over their millions to the state.

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Stanley Mombo Amutic

In May 2019, the Court of Appeal ordered former National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation Finance Manager, Stanley Mombo Amuti, to forfeit Ksh 41.2 million. According to the court, Amuti failed to justify how he got the money.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that there is no violation of property law if a person is asked to explain what source of his wealth is disproportionate to his legitimate source of income,” the EACC said.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling followed a lengthy lawsuit that began in the year 2008.

Lillian Omollo

Another powerful figure who lost his money to the government was the former youth secretary, Lillian Omollo. She was ordered to hand over Ksh 14.6 million, an amount deposited into her two different bank accounts.

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Omollo was arrested along with several National Youth Service (NYS) officials, as well as members of the Ngirita family, following the NYS II scandal in which the country lost more than Ksh9 billion through dubious procurement deals.

In October of the same year, the Supreme Court ordered the freezing of 10 accounts containing Ksh 33.1 million belonging to Omollo and her children, but only Ksh 14.6 was recovered.

She later won a case against the state after petitioning the government for unfair dismissal. The court awarded her Ksh1. In February of this year, Omollo declared her interest in competing for the Embu Senatorial seat in the August 9 polls.

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Makuyu County Council Clerk

Former Makuyu County Council Clerk and Town Treasurer in the defunct County Council was also sentenced to forfeiture of Ksh1.5 million for failing to defend the source of his money.

According to the EACC, the clerk was working in concert with a former police station commander, a former deputy chief and other officials to embezzle Ksh28,655,709 from the county council and divert the money for personal use.

Some of the money was used to buy vehicles for a third party. The court ordered that all defendants repay the amount.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after handing over a check to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after handing over a check to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.

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